Administrators Talk about SOL Testing

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

BROADWAY, Va. -- The testing is online and according to Dr. Charlette Mcquilkin, Virginia is the number one state for technology during testing.

There are a number of rules from the Virginia Department of Education.

If you don't follow the rules as a teacher, for example, clarifying a question too much, you can get a $1,000 fine.

$600,000 is spent on testing tools yearly in Rockingham county.

Administrators are hopeful that software on an iPad or Chrome books is the next step for testing.

The new SOL math test added pressure for students and teachers last year, and some students taking up to four and a half hours.

Some advocates in Virginia think that testing methods should be changed.

Delegate Tony Wilt said the state is doing a good job of adapting to new standards.

Wilt said it's proven by the the increase of Virginia's proficiency scores.

"All teachers, all administrators, their focus should be the welfare of the children and that's proving out. The children I've talked to, as I said earlier, they see it as another test. It's not quite that simple but I think we're on the right track. I'd be very cautious about going in and trying to reinvent the wheel," said Delegate Wilt.

Students have as much time as they need to finish the tests.

Principal David Baker said that through the years Pearson, the testing company, and the General Assembly have been open to feedback.

There is an added pressure for students to teach based on what will be on the SOL, which he said may mean they can't focus on a particular section of their curriculum for a long time. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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